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Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

Graduates of Roosevelt's Doctor of Psychology program work in a broad array of settings and roles, including providing psychotherapy and psychological testing services in private practice, hospitals, community mental health centers, schools, university counseling centers, and VAs; developing and directing programs to support mental health and wellness; engaging in applied research and program evaluation; and teaching, education and clinical supervision.

Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall
Program Type: Doctorate
Based on a practitioner-scholar model, the overall goal of the PsyD program at Roosevelt University is to train clinical psychologists who are able to diagnose and treat psychological problems. We expect that 1) graduates demonstrate the requisite general knowledge and skills of intervention and assessment necessary for the ethical and competent practice of psychology; 2) students address psychological problems and disorders using critical inquiry; and 3) students engage in productive and professional relationships with others. Roosevelt University's PsyD program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (see Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data required by the APA). Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, Phone: (202) 336-5979, Email:

Susan Torres-Harding
, Program Director
Sivling Lam
, Admission Counselor
Diana Zak
, PsyD Program Assistant

What Differentiates Us

Small Class Size

Small Class Size

Our small size (20 new students admitted per year) allows for more personal contact between students and faculty and among students at all levels of the program.

An Emphasis on Scholarship

An Emphasis on Scholarship

Although we follow the practitioner-scholar model, we put relatively more emphasis on scholarship in several ways: students collaborate with faculty on research in addition to more formal work on doctoral projects, which provides opportunities for research conference presentations and publications; and students can develop their scholarship skills through teaching.

Teaching Opportunities

Teaching Opportunities

Once students have completed their master's degree requirements, they are eligible, if interested, to teach a variety of undergraduate psychology courses. Students interested in teaching take an Instructor Development course as an elective either before or concurrent with their first teaching assignment.

An Emphasis on Diversity

An Emphasis on Diversity

Diversity and multiculturalism are infused into coursework throughout the PsyD program curriculum, including in the required course, Multicultural Psychology and Psychotherapy. Our students work with individuals and families from diverse racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, linguistic, gender and sexuality, age, and religious backgrounds as well as of differing levels of physical and cognitive abilities.

Expectations & Requirements


We use a competency-based model (Fouad et al., 2009) that focuses on the following objectives that students achieve:

  • Assessment: a) Accurately assess client problems by combining knowledge of psychopathology with the ability to establish rapport and work with clients of diverse backgrounds and b) Recognize the influences of individual and cultural differences in assessment, case conceptualization, treatment planning and implementation
  • Intervention: Select, implement and evaluate appropriate psychological interventions using a variety of theoretical perspectives and therapeutic modalities.
  • Ethics: Conduct clinical and academic work in a manner consistent with rules of ethics, standards of practice, and legal requirements.
  • Reflective Practice: Practice with knowledge of one's own competencies, with self-reflection and with appropriate self-care.
  • Individual and Cultural Diversity: a) Conceptualize ways in which developmental processes, personality, and environment contribute to clients' psychological health and distress and b) Demonstrate an awareness and sensitivity to working with diverse individuals and communities.
  • Scientific Knowledge and Methods: a) Demonstrate the capacity to critique, design, and execute research focused on clinical problems and services and to articulately present the results of their scholarship to others and b) Base their knowledge and practice on the historical and scientific traditions of psychology.
  • Professionalism and Relationships: Work productively and professionally with others.


All students must complete a minimum of 102 semester hours of graduate study plus three hours of internship credit, for a total of 105 semester hours. In addition to coursework, students must pass the comprehensive examination, complete three clinical practica (supervised clinical training in the community, complete a doctoral project, and a pre-doctoral clinical internship.

Sample Courses

  • Community Psychology and Social Justice
  • Psychotherapy: Research and Practice
  • Multicultural Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Clinical Supervision and Consultation
  • Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents


Graduates of our program can apply to become licensed clinical psychologists after completing a post-doctoral year of supervised clinical hours, successfully passing the licensing exam and and meeting relevant state-level requirements.

Graduates may provide psychotherapy and psychological testing services in private practice, hospitals, community mental health centers, schools, university counseling centers, and VAs.

Program Development and Research

Graduates may work toward developing and directing programs to support mental health and wellness, or engage in applied research and program evaluation.


Graduates may engage in teaching, education and clinical supervision.

More Opportunities

Graduate Scholarships

We offer graduate scholarships to all qualified applicants who have an outstanding academic record. For questions regarding the Graduate Scholarship, please contact our Office of Admission at 1-877-ApplyRU.

Graduate Assistantship Program

Graduate assistants are students appointed to various positions in the University and have various responsibilities depending on placement. Graduate assistants are expected to work up to 17 hours per week in their position. The Graduate Assistantship provides tuition for up to 18 semester hours per academic year (36-hour maximum) including the summer semester, as well as a full-time stipend ($5,200) for fall and spring semesters. In order to apply, the applicant must be fully admitted to a graduate program at Roosevelt University.

Work Study

Work study is also available for graduate students at Roosevelt University. Students' eligibility is determined after the submission of the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA®). If eligible, students may work part-time in various positions throughout the university for up to $3,500 per academic year.

Teaching Opportunities

Interested and qualified students, after completing a master's degree, may teach undergraduate psychology courses with the guidance of the Instructor Development course.

St. Clair Drake Center

Several of our faculty are affiliated with the St. Clair Drake Center, a multidisciplinary university center that seeks to support scholarship into African and African-American Studies across disciplines. PsyD students can apply to be a PsyD student St. Clair Drake fellow, which entails a commitment to fostering the health and well-being of African-American individuals, families and communities through one's clinical and/or research work.

Financial Aid

Roosevelt University offers graduate students scholarships, assistantships, and work study opportunities. Our students have also received financial awards from the Illinois Consortium for Educational Opportunities Program (ICEOP).

Emphases in Child and Family and in Neuropsychology

Within our program, we also offer students the opportunity to gain advanced training and specialized experiences in the areas of neuropsychology and clinical child and family.  Within the neuropsychology emphasis, students can take advanced coursework in clinical neuropsychology and neuropsychological assessment, complete their practicum experiences at sites emphasizing neuropsychological training, and participate in research and complete their doctoral project on a topic relevant to neuropsychology.  Additionally, we offer an emphasis in child and family, with opportunities to take advanced coursework in child and family psychotherapy and child psychopathology, complete their practicum training in sites that serve children, adolescents or families in multiple settings (schools, outpatient clinics, hospitals, community mental health centers), and participate in child and adolescent-focused research or complete their dissertation on a child and adolescent-related topic.

Students who complete at least three clinical child courses and obtain at least one year of child, adolescent, and family clinical training can apply for recognition of their expertise in clinical child and family through participation in the Clinical Child and Family Graduate Concentration.


"What I appreciated most about Roosevelt's PsyD program was its emphasis on the importance of social justice and multicultural sensitivity. I learned more about diversity issues through important dialogues with professors and peers, getting involved with research, and the many opportunities in Chicago to work with a diverse range of clients. Being an advocate for social justice has become an integral part of who I am as a person and clinician, and Roosevelt's PsyD program laid the groundwork for that."
Diane Jung Gallo - PsyD 16

Our Frequently Asked Questions page contains detailed information about the application process.

  • Online Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities within the United States. Coursework completed outside the U.S. requires a Foreign Credential Evaluation to be submitted.
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Intent outlining your personal and professional goals, why you are interested in this program, and how it will help you achieve your goals
  • Official GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • English Language Proficiency: All international students and individuals who completed a degree program outside the United States are required to meet this requirement.
  • Application deadline is December 15.
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